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Global Health Night

Global Health Night 2017-2018 will be be held on November 7, 2017 at Centre Mont-Royal.

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Global Health Night is an annual event held to highlight and foster the involvement of students and faculty at McGill in global health related fields.


4:30-6:00pm Cocktail and Poster Session (with book signing by Laurie Garrett)

6:00-7:30pm Program including keynote address by Laurie Garrett and the honouring of our 2017 award recipients


During the wine and cheese reception, guests will have the opportunity to browse student poster presentations. Students and student groups from all backgrounds and disciplines will be presenting posters about their global health-related experiences, clinical rotations and projects! More about the poster fair.

This year, we are extremely happy to have none other than Laurie Garrett, Pulitzer-Prize Winning Journalist Specializing in Global Public Health & Foreign Policy Voice Writer and Author of The Coming Plague and Betrayal of Trust, as our keynote speaker.

About Laurie Garrett

Laurie Garrett is one of America’s most trusted speakers on global public health, infectious disease, and, recently, the Ebola crisis and the emerging Zika virus. The only person to win the three P’s of journalism—the Pulitzer, the Polk, and the Peabody—she explains the science behind new threats, and navigates the politics that help, and hinder, how we prepare and how we respond to them. 

During the Ebola crisis of 2014, Laurie Garrett offered unrivaled commentary on Twitter, through her blog, and as the go-to expert in the media. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff—General Martin E. Dempsey—took to Facebook to praise Garrett and her book The Coming Plague, writing that “its lessons in how disease has shaped human history are uncannily relevant to today’s Ebola crisis ... this book is worth the read to understand infectious outbreaks like Ebola and how we’re shaping our national response.” Today, she’s doing the same for the new Zika epidemic, providing up-to-date intelligence on its scope and severity, and the search for a vaccine.

A Senior Fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations, Garrett is the bestselling author of The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance, Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health and I Heard The Sirens Scream: How Americans Responded to the 9/11 and Anthrax Attacks. She has written for Foreign Affairs, Esquire, and The Washington Post, and appears frequently on television shows, such as Nightline, Charlie Rose and Oprah.

Garrett was a script consultant to Contagion, the film directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Matt Damon. She is a former president and now a member of the National Association of Science Writers, and has been awarded several honorary PhDs, the latest from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is also serving as a co-chair on the UNAIDS High Commission on HIV Prevention.    

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